Classical music as played by the incredible talents of the Heifetz International Music Institute! This program is an amazing opportunity for the region to experience world-class musicians in a meaningful way and in an intimate setting.
JAC is thrilled to announce our May 2019 classical music residency in partnership with the acclaimed Heifetz International Music Institute. This program, which began in October 2013, will include an in-school educational component in addition to musicales in local homes, and a public concert at the JAC. The residency and public concert are incredible opportunities for the region to experience world-class musicians in a meaningful way and in an intimate setting. It is a unique opportunity for audiences, young music students and community members throughout Newport County and beyond to experience the incredible talents of some of the most accomplished young artists from the Heifetz International Music Institute.
For this tenth residency, the musicians will spend a week in Jamestown. During their time in RI, they will give presentations and small group workshops at local schools. The musicians will also have the opportunity to perform several musicales in private homes and provide an open dress rehearsal to groups from senior living facilities and mental health and social services agencies.
MAY 2019 HEIFETZ ON TOUR MUSICIANS: Pianist Jingxuan Zhang, Violinist Ria Honda, Cellist Nick Mariscal
Public Concert on Saturday, May 18, 7:00pm
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
About the 2019 Heifetz Musicians:
Pianist Jingxuan Zhang’s musical journey started in Beijing, wound its way through Indiana and New York, and brought him to Boston. He did his undergraduates studies at Columbia University and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal; and received his Masters Degree from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Alexander Korsantia. After graduation, he remained in Boston to teach and play. He loves to cook the Chinese food he grew up eating and converse with his friends over the dinner table. Now he can even enjoy the Lebanese and Ukrainian cuisines of his two pianist-housemates and good friends. Otherwise, he likes to swim briefly in the frigid ocean during autumn or spring-time. Finally, he wants to share shareable things – music, food, time, knowledge, and company – with others!
Violinist Ria Honda is a 2018 alumna of the Heifetz Institute. Ria studies with Li Lin at the Juilliard School. She was most recently the Rachel Barton Pine Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago where she studied with Almita Vamos. Ria has won first prize at the MTNA Junior Strings Competition, Seattle Music Teachers Association Simon Fiset Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Sejong Music Competition, Seattle Symphony Young Artists Auditions and Cascade Symphony Young Artists Competition. Additionally, she has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition, and DuPage Symphony Young Artists Competition. She was one of 20 competitors selected from worldwide to participate in the Menuhin International Competition and has been a finalist in the International Cooper Violin Competition, as well as semi-finalist in the Johansen International Competition. She was the recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship from 2008-2014. She has been featured on WFMT’s Introductions and NPR’s “From the Top.” In 2017 and 2018, Ria was named a YoungArts Winner. Ria has been featured on the Young Steinway Concert Series and has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Seattle Festival Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Oistrakh Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony. Ria has participated in master classes and lessons with artists such as Ray Chen, Tong-Wei Dong, Grigory Kalinovsky, Leonid Kerbel, Ani Kavafian, David Nadien, Stephan Picard, Joseph Silverstein, Pavel Vernikov, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Ying Quartet. She has participated in programs at the Meadowmount School of Music, The Heifetz Institute, and The Institute for Strings as a full-scholarship recipient, Miyazaki International Music Festival, Musica Mundi music festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, and MusicAlp Académie Internationale de Musique à Tignes. A passionate chamber musician, Ria has been a 1st prize winner in numerous chamber music competitions including the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Enkor International Competition, and Naperville Women’s Club Young Adult Music Competition. She has additionally received the silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Grand prize at Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition.
Nicholas Mariscal is a 26-year-old cellist and recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received both his Master of Music degree and Graduate Certificate studying with distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2014 he received his Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University under the tutelage of Eric Kim. He has won numerous competitions and awards, including 3rd Prize in the 2014 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, as well as 1st Prize in the 2017 Edith Knox Competition in Los Angeles. In November of 2018, Nicholas made his professional concerto debut, performing the Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing the work with the New World Symphony in Miami as the winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition. He has given additional concerto performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Indiana University, and with the Peninsula Symphony. Additionally, he has won the USC/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Mock Audition, leading to performances with LACO as a member of its cello section. Nicholas also won the Indiana University Latin American Music Center Recording Competition, resulting in a commercially produced recording and a solo recital in New York City at the Americas Society. An ardent performer of new and lesser-known music, his recording, Nubes Bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America, includes seldom-performed unaccompanied cello works by 20th and 21st century Latin American composers. He has also performed concertos by living composers such as Tan Dun and Sofia Gubaidulina, and has played extensively with contemporary music ensembles including the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and USC Thornton Edge. Since the Fall of 2018, Mariscal has been a Fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami.